Most people know that weather conditions are important when laying asphalt. This is why almost all driveways and parking lots are installed between April and October. Unfortunately, freezing, wet conditions can cause problems with asphalt, making it unsafe. You may end up needing to replace the shock absorber or tires on your vehicle because of holes and jagged edges in the driveway. In addition, the flaws may cause people to trip and fall, injuring themselves. While it is not recommended, and may not be possible if you need to have some asphalt repaired during cold weather, there are some preparations you can do that might make it doable.
Dig Out The Area
The first thing you should do is to dig out the old, broken asphalt. Make sure to get all the way down to the ground. Dig out the old gravel too. If the round is frozen, this is not going to be easy and you may need to wait for a few warm days before this can be done.
Make The Space Dry And Waterproof
Cold, wet, ground makes for bad asphalt. You are going to need to get the area dry. You can rent a large heater/blower used to dry out homes after water damage. As soon as you are sure the area is dry, including the walls, cover it securely with something that will prevent further water or rain from getting on it. Be sure to caulk the cover so nothing seeps under the edges.
Warm The Area
When the area is cold, you will need to warm it up a bit. This can be done by adding a solar blanket on top of the area. As long as the sun is out, you can heat the ground. This may take a few days, so be prepared to start the project before trying to lay the new asphalt mix. If the ground is frozen, heating it may cause more moisture to the area so you should always use the heater/blower afterward to make sure the ground is dry and heated.
Once you have the area ready, go ahead and lay the new asphalt. However, even if it is just a small area it would be better to have a company that does asphalt paving services come to actually pour in the mixture. This way, you can be sure the new stuff is at the right temperature and mixed to settle and cure properly in the current weather conditions.